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UCSF Grand Rounds: A conversation on the election, the pandemic and the future of healthcare

During today’s Grand Rounds, UCSF Department of Medicine Chair and Grand Rounds moderator Bob Wachter called the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. Sort of.  In an unstructured conversation, Wachter and three panelists mused over the confluence of the presidential election, the coronavirus pandemic, and the United States healthcare system. Wachter approached his questions under […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Wisconsin frontline updates and weighing risks in the third wave of the pandemic

With 12 days until a highly contentious election, a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is appearing in various stages across the United States — California is a notable exception, at least so far—said Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Grand Rounds moderator and chair of the university’s Department of Medicine.   Through on-the-ground updates from the Bay […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Did Trump leave the hospital too soon? And, was his giddy tweetstorm driven by steroids?

An unprecedented presidential diagnosis for Donald Trump calls for an unprecedented UCSF Grand Rounds discussion. Last Thursday’s news that President Trump and the First Lady tested positive for Covid-19 incited a lot of chatter from the American public, including medical experts like Grand Rounds moderator Dr. Bob Wachter. On Tuesday, he broke down what the […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Mayor Breed says the city hasn’t done enough for its Latinx residents

Also: applause for the city’s low death rate, and a reminder that much work remains Two days after hitting the “grim milestone” of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths in the United States, UCSF Grand Rounds moderator Dr. Bob Wachter brought in key local decision-makers, including Mayor London Breed; Dr. Grant Colfax, director of San Francisco Department of […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Mayor Breed says the city hasn’t done enough for its Latinx residents, resour

Also: applause for the city’s low death rate, and a reminder that much work remains Two days after hitting the “grim milestone” of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths in the United States, UCSF Grand Rounds moderator Dr. Bob Wachter brought in key local decision-makers, including Mayor London Breed; Dr. Grant Colfax, director of San Francisco Department of […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Vaccine Nationalism, Allocation, and Trust

Understanding the complexities of vaccine development, manufacturing, distribution and uptake in the middle of a global pandemic is a difficult task—even without a 75-minute time limit. Add to this discussion what UCSF Grand Rounds moderator Dr. Bob Wachter called a “dizzying presidential campaign” and “issues of diplomacy and equity,” and the outlook becomes unclear. A […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Regional Covid-19 updates, low mortality rates and a molecular PPE

Oh, to be in the days when all we were dealing with was the triple pandemic of Covid-19, economic turmoil and systemic racism. As massive wildfires rage across California, Oregon and Washington, two beams of hope broke through the suffocating smoke in Thursday’s UCSF Grand Rounds: in Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter’s words, California’s […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds: Harvard expert Jha says U.S. response spelled failure

Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, does some 20 to 25 interviews a day on health policy. In this week’s UCSF Grand Rounds with Dr. Bob Wachter, Jha dug into the nuances of publicly discussing the pandemic, the nation’s shortcomings in response to the coronavirus, and what the United States needs […]

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UCSF Grand Rounds tackles the questions of COVID-19 transmission and prevention with masks, face shields

Today, moderator Dr. Bob Wachter kicked off Grand Rounds with two questions that for months have preoccupied everyone from the world’s top epidemiologists to the humble grocery store clerk: How does the coronavirus spread, and what are the most effective ways of stopping it from spreading?  To answer these questions about a virus that “continues […]